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Thursday, July 18, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019

Performances For Young Audiences Performances For Young Audiences The Human Journey

As three children of NASA employees watch the Apollo 11 launch, they dream of their own majestic earthrise. In the 50th year since the moon landing, explore the historic feat with projections, songs, and NASA footage. Age 5+

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World premiere Kennedy Center commission

While the world waits for the launch of Apollo 11 in 1969, three children of key NASA employees watch from different perspectives: a mathematician’s daughter, an astronaut’s son, and an engineer’s daughter. By dreaming a collective dream of landing on the moon together, the kids learn to understand the historic mission—not fear it.

Lauren Gunderson’s immersive, original play commemorates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, featuring music and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk. Using projections, songs, and NASA footage, Earthrise captures the breathtaking feat of the first lunar landing. As the kids dream of voyaging to the moon and back, they discover how far “one small step” can propel them.

Most enjoyed by age 5 and up. All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Stay after for a Creative Conversation 
Following the 1:30 p.m. performance on Sat., July 20, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with the cast and creative team.

This event is part of The Human Journey,collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art.



Written by Lauren Gunderson
Composed by Brian Lowdermilk
Lyrics by Kait Kerrigan
Choreographed by Tiffany Quinn
Music Direction by William Yanesh
Directed by Dawn Monique Williams

Scenic Design by Andrew Cohen
Projection Design by Patrick W. Lord
Costume Design by Jeannette Christensen
Lighting Design by Alberto Segarra
Sound Design by Christopher Baine

Watch and Listen

Earthrise | The Kennedy Center

The Human Journey: Lauren Gunderson's "Earthrise"